While plans for a six-story building to rise up to 65 feet in height upon the Happy Chinese Restaurant site at 1324-1326 Powell Street were in the works, said plans were subsequently abandoned. And bigger plans for an eight-story building to rise up to 84 feet in height upon the Chinatown site were drawn.

As drafted by AXIS/GFA Architecture and Design and slated to be approved in two weeks time, the new set of plans would yield 24 residential units, a mix of 11 studios, 7 one-bedrooms, 4 twos and 2 threes, with a basement storage room for 24 bikes; 3,400 square feet of ground floor commercial space; and a 627-square-foot open space on the building’s eighth floor for the building’s residents, leveraging California’s Density Bonus Law for the additional height and density as proposed.

We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.

24 thoughts on “Chinatown Infill Project Supersized, Closer to Reality”
      1. Caught your hand inside the till
        Slammed your fingers in the drawer
        Fought with kitchen knives and skewers
        Dressed me up in women’s clothes
        Messed around with gender roles
        Line my eyes and call me pretty

  1. Come on, if you want to presumably charge market pricing you have to offer some parking. Rich people do not like to only uber everywhere.

    1. If the developer thinks they attract occupants who don’t need on-site parking, then let them build it.

    2. In San Francisco, 31% of all households do not own a motor vehicle. That’s why there’s a large market for car-free homes like these modest apartments.

      For those who choose to own an automobile, the city has many other apartment buildings with surplus parking.

      In the event that someone who owns a car decides that they want to live in this particular building, there is plenty of parking for rent nearby. For example, the City-owned North Beach Garage, located 400 feet north of this site, offers spaces for $360 per month.

      There are many other options available to folks who prefer a building without on-site parking. Some drivers buy or rent apartments in car-free buildings because their employer provides free parking at work. Others use carshare vehicles for the occasions when they want to drive.

      Living in a car-free building may not be your particular cup of tea. But many San Franciscans prefer it. They like the savings on rents and home prices that they gain by choosing car-free buildings. If you shop around, you’ll notice that those savings are substantial.

  2. What could be better than paying market rate pricing, no parking, commuting on a yet-to-be-completed subway to nowhere, AND living with SFFD fire sirens at all hours of the day and night.

  3. Hopefully, that is just a REALLY bad visual representation. So ugly and uninspired. Simply horrible design, dull and looks so out of place for SF.

    1. It actually looks very typical for a small midrise built in any decade after WWII. You must view the vast majority of sf streets with rose-colored glasses

      1. Nowhere can i find the age of the building but it looks gold rush era. It’s owned by a trust belonging to one Mahmoud Larizadeh.

        1. Not sure where you looked , but a 5-second, 1-click search told me “1907”…which meshes pretty well w/ Chris’ observation.

      2. Yuck. Why do these builders want to ruin San Francisco. Any new building in SF should be required not to look horrible. A low bar. This area probably does not need parking.

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